The community of Nederland united in prayer Tuesday night for a 14-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by his twin brother during a snake-hunting incident.

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The unidentified minors were hunting a snake in Liberty County when the accident happened on Monday, according to information from the sheriff’s office.

The victim knelt down to grab the snake right as his brother pulled the trigger. The teen was shot about a half-inch above his right ear with a .22 rifle, said Capt. Ken DeFoor.

He was unresponsive and taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he underwent emergency surgery Tuesday. He later died that night.

Friends and family gathered in Nederland’s Bulldog Stadium to pray for the Central Middle School student. Nederland is about 90 miles east of Houston, northwest of Port Arthur.

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Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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